The Office of the State Engineer created WATERS, or the Water Administration Technical Engineering Resource System, to make the agency's extensive water rights records more readily accessible to staff and the public. The system provides a historical analysis of each individual water right claim in New Mexico, court orders and decrees, hydrographic survey results, water right applications pending before the State Engineer, and electronic images of water right documents.
Using WATERS, anyone can obtain instant information concerning water use, including comprehensive data about domestic, irrigation, commercial, and other water rights, location of rights, and owners of rights, as well as details of well construction. WATERS users can find out how much water is in use under permits in a water basin, track changes in water use patterns, bring together regional data on water use, and compile and analyze data to build water use models.
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